Lakan Sumulong

Dann Pantoja is beginning to use his Tagalog indigenous name — Lakan Sumulong. This is a statement that our indigenous identities can be a redeeming factor in healing our ‘being’ (that is, who we are as a people); help symbolize our determination to contribute what we ought to be ‘doing’ as a nation (that is–active, non-violent, radical transformation); and, determine how we will prioritize what we will be ‘having’ (that is, inclusive growth and national development based on justice and peace).

Asked what fuels his positive outlook in life: “It’s the influence of Jesus, a first century Palestinian carpenter who was executed by the imperial power of his time. He said: ‘Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.’ Jesus defied the ultimate negative factor in our cosmos–death.”

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Oct 24 2017

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Mr. Jeffrey Pasikan, Trade and Industry Development Specialist at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the Cordillera Administrative Region, invited PeaceBuilders Community—Cordillera to help in the organizational strengthening and team-building for selected farmers’ associations around Tabuk City. The initial sessions were held last 20-23 October 2017. Prof. Malou Alngag, who belongs to an indigenous …

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Sep 10 2017

PBCI RENEWS OUR TIES WITH CENTRAL MINDANAO THROUGH SIHAYA’S NEW ASSIGNMENT

The PBCI leadership introduced our field staff, Sihaya Ansibod, to various communities in Central Mindanao with whom we have been working as peace and reconciliation partners. Sihaya was warmly welcomed as a second-generation field worker of PeaceBuilders Community – Central Mindanao. She recently completed a two-year leadership program from our PeaceBuilders School of Leadership. She’s …

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Aug 24 2017

PBCI FIELD STAFF PARTICIPATES IN AN INTER-RELIGIOUS LEARNING CONFERENCE

It was great to have a chance chatting one-on-one with Pastor James Wuye. The story of Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye was told in a movie The Imam and the Pastor, which is widely used in Christian-Muslim inter-faith dialogue. I’m so grateful for Clay, June, and Sihaya — our regional team leaders in advancing Peace and Reconciliation …

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May 21 2017

PBCI CONSULTANTS GO FOR MINDANAO PEACE LEARNING TOUR

16-20 May 2017. Three Manila-based consultants of PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) went on a five-day peace learning tour from Maguindanao, through North Cotabato and Davao del Sur, to Bukidnon. The tour participants included Landscape Architect AJ Moldez, Principal at AJM Designs; Dr. Aldrin Penamora, Manager at PCEC Centre for Christian-Muslim Dialogue; and, Joseph ‘Boyet’ Ongkiko, …

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Jan 20 2017

WE HONOR THE MAN OF PEACE WHO WELCOMED US IN MINDANAO

Between December 2004 and June 2005, I lived among the Bangsamoros in the Municipality of Sultan Kudarat, Province of Maguindanao and shared life with this amazing people group. I was embraced by the people in Sultan Kudarat, specifically by the family of Datu Kharis Matalam Baraguir.  It was through their simple life and their daily …

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Nov 16 2016

EVANGELICAL LEADERS BRAINSTORM ON A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO ‘WAR ON DRUGS’

16 November 2016. It was a pleasure to be visited by friends and colleagues in the Gospel ministry: Renato Constantino (Saddleback Church Philippines), Nasali Cornelio Silava (CBAP Northern Mindanao), Norman Naromal (CBAP Southern Mindanao), and Mike Constantz (Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA).   It’s always fun to hangout with fellow progressive followers of Jesus who …

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Nov 11 2016

LISTENING AND LEARNING FROM THE YAKAN PEOPLE OF BASILAN

11 November 2016, Basilan Province.  I learned a lot listening from various community leaders and sectoral representatives about their perceptions and understanding of the conflicts in their respective communities. After sharing with them the ‘PIN-CAB Tools for Conflict Analysis’ for the past three consecutive afternoons, 10 groups were able to crystalize and communicate their understanding …

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Oct 17 2016

PBCI PARTICIPATED IN A CSO STRATEGIC MEETING ON DUTERTE’S PEACE AND CHANGE AGENDA

15-16 October 2016. The past weekend was critical to the unified actions of various civil society organizations (CSOs) working together for justice and peace in the Philippines. 35 key CSO leaders across the country were convened in a stock taking and direction-setting exercise. This event was hosted by the Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW), in coordination with …

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Oct 07 2016

WATCHING DUTERTE ON TV: AFFECTIVE, COGNITIVE, AND VOLITIONAL MODES OF LISTENING

Last night, my 80-year old Ate Lucy, my 70-year old Ate Edna, and I (who will be 60 years old next month), were watching President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech on TV while he was visiting the Philippine National Police Regional Headquarters in Butuan City. Ate Lucy is a retired local government public servant. Ate Edna was …

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Sep 23 2016

WHAT’S IN MY HEART AS I PERSONALLY CELEBRATE ‘THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE’

For the first time in the history of our people and our land, a Philippine president brought together all the revolutionary forces around the table-of-conversation. He even invited all these forces to help govern this nation. And 92% of us welcome this inclusive, transparent governance. For these, we rejoice and celebrate!   I danced with …

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